Saracens comfortably beat Bedford in their third and final preseason game at a sun drenched Allianz Park.
Saracens picked a strong starting XV; three of the clubs four British & Irish Lions representatives all started in a game where the Men in Back would score ten tries in an impressive display of attacking, free flowing rugby.
The game began with Bedford dominating possession in the opening stages, with fly-half Jake Sharp missing a chance to put the Blues on the scoreboard hitting the post with a penalty attempt. After absorbing the Blues opening assault Saracens began to stamp their authority on the game as lock forward Alaistair Hargreaves powered over after 9 minutes.
Owen Farrell kicked the conversion and added a further three points with a penalty kick but Bedford hit back with a try of their own when winger Neville Edwards raced away to score – but it would only act as a temporary reprive for the Blues.
First full-back Chris Wyles would coast over from a scrum, and after Bedford flanker Tom Armes was sent to the sin bin Saracens were awarded a penalty try on the 34th minute for a scrum infringement. Minutes later, Saracens two wing-men would combine to score, as Strettle collected Ashton’s looping pass to score in the left hand corner just before half-time.
In the second 40 Saracens would continue to lay siege to the Bedford line, as Chris Ashton scored a fantastic team try after some impressive interplay between replacement Nils Mordt, David Strettle and Joel Tomkins.
Bedford hit back again through the pacey Edwards but Saracens completed the rout with tries from Joubert, Ransom, Wilson, Hankin and Duncan Taylor to add to the Bedfordshire side’s misery.
The final score; Saracens 71 – Bedford Blues 12.
1.Gill, 2. George, 3. Stevens 4. Borthwick ©, 5. Hargreaves, 6. B. Vunipola, 7. Burger, 8. Joubert, 9. Wigglesworth, 10. Farrell, 11. Strettle, 12. Barritt, 13. Tomkins, 14. Ashton, 15. Wyles
Subs; Spurling, M. Vunipola, Du Plessis, Kruis, Botha, Wray, Melck, Hankin, Spencer, Taylor, Earle, Tagicakibau, Wilson, Sharp, Wilson
Hargreaves (9mins), Wyles (27mins), Penalty Try (34mins), Strettle (39mins), Ashton (45mins), Joubert (46 mins), Ransom (68mins), Hankin (72mins), Wilson (78mins), Taylor (80mins).
Farrell (3/4), Mordt (2/2), Spencer (4/4)